Mapillary – Create your own street view

For those of you who likes photography, especially taking pictures in street view or of public infrastructure, and uploading or even just storing those pictures. There’s an application to help you share the pictures you took, and moreover, those pictures can help many that need them. Of course you have known and tried street view of online map that has been familiar with many. But do you know that we can make our own street view map, from pictures we took from our own mobile phone or camera. These things are possible with Mapillary:

Mapillary is a community, where you can share and explore pictures mainly for people who likes street view pictures. If you want to share pictures you took from your mobile phone, you can download Mapillary application in AppStore, Google Play, and Windows Phone for free. To use this application, we have to have an account that can be sign here:  If you don’t want to register via email, there are several options to get into Mapillary, you can use facebook and ArcGIS account .

Sign-up Mapillary

Sign Up Mapillary


In Mapillary website you can access the map with street view photo and public infrastructure, the photo shown may not display personal information such as the identities and photos that show the face people. If we inadvertently collect this information then automatically mapillary will filter and will not appear in mapillary map. You can browse the map mapillary and navigate to the area you want. If the existing street view in your area will be marked with green lines as shown below. To view an image in more detail, click on the photo and you like walking down the pathway.

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Mapillary Map


In addition, the website also contained mapillary guide, community information, blogs, and profile settings. If you are using a digital camera, you can upload the photo through the site by clicking the account profile in the upper right corner, and select Manual upload.

The next step we will download Mapillary application on mobile phone for free. This example, for android users, can be downloaded through the play store. Open play store, then find Mapillary, click the icon and install.

Instalasi Mapillary

Install Mapillary


Before you begin using the Mapillary, you must make sure that the mobile phone GPS is active. Here are the steps for using the application mapillary :

  • Open the application is then login with the account you registered on the website mapillary, you can also login using your facebook account.

  • When you have successfully logged, will appear a few menus in the application display as shown below. If you want to start to take a picture, you can click Camera or click the green icons.
Tampilan Awal

Mapillary apps view

  • The display will show the camera used to capture photo. Before capture photo, you can select capture mode settings, click the icon in the bottom right corner shoe.
Tampilan Pengambilan Foto

Capture the photo

  • You can select an image capture mode in accordance with the conditions at the time of retrieval, such as:
  1. Walking manual : Capturing sequences as you walk is a great to way to capture the finer details of an area. The main thing to keep in mind is the angle you will be taking photos from. It is best to remain consistent. When you are ready to capture, select walking mode by swiping in from the left. You can select either manual which allows you to manually take a photo however frequently you feel necessary . Hold the camera horizontally and make sure to keep it relatively level.
  2. Walking, auto shot : Click the green button for start and  auto shot which again will default to capturing a photo every 2 seconds. For the setting in sequence frequency. If you are finding that your images are blurred, try stopping when you walk and resuming again once the photo has been taken. Manual capture mode is more suited to this method.
  3. Riding : First and foremost, when capturing in a car, a mount of some sort is required to hold the phone steady and in a position close to the windshield. The angle of your dashboard and the glass will alter the lighting and affect the glare on your capture device. Try a few different positions until you get it right for your car. High up close to the rear view mirror is usually a good spot. For longer drives it is helpful to have a phone charger that you can plug into a cigarette lighter/USB port and if your device supports it, a microsd card to expand the memory of your capture device.
  4. Panorama : Panoramas are the best way to capture those stunning vistas where you stop, look around and realise the view is worth sharing. The blue bars move to represent the area of the panorama you are capturing with the red bar indicating North.
  • After you finish choose one of capture modes, mapillary ready to be used for image capture. Click the green button to start, and click the red button to end the photo. If the GPS phone is not accurate then we can not take photos, a notification will appear when we press the start button. You can take as many photos as whatever you want, and it is suggestion to take on the right and left of the road.
  • To view the photos, you can open the app and click review sequences. You can remove the image by clicking the image > click the delete icon. You can also save the photos in your phone directory by pressing the photo and click save .
Galeri Mapillary

The Mapillary Gallery

  • Please wait a few moments, the upload process depending on the number of photos and your internet connection.
  • You can see the results in the Explore menu on Mapillary application, and navigate the map in your area. There are two data uploaded by mapillary that track and photograph. The blue line on the map represent your track.

The track

  • For showing street view that you have uploaded, you click on the blue line. The display will show the photos and move with the arrow on the image for as if walking on the pathway. Signs direction arrows customized with photos we take, in the image below photos were taken perpendicular to the direction of walk.

The street view

Also you can show the street view on mapillary website (

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street view on website

Also the image mapillary can use as source information to add OpenStreetMap data. You can use the editor JOSM and described to form fields in an object presets OSM. This is very useful if you have limited time for survey. For example to update road conditions, street name, and building information (structure, number of floors, building name). Here are the steps for using mapillary as resources OpenStreetMap data:

  1. Download plugin Mapillary in JOSM, click on Edit > Preferences > Plugin > Search Mapillary
Mapillary plugin

Mapillary plugin

2. If the picture has not been uploaded, you can open the image by moving into the laptop or computer, then open the image via JOSM by clicking File> Import pictures

Import pictures

Import pictures

3. The pictures will be opened as layer data and you can upload to mapillary with click File > Upload pictures, you have to login with mapillary account, click Edit > Preferences > Display Settings > Mapillary > Login.

Access to Mapillary

Access to Mapillary

4. Let’s begin to input source from pictures to OSM data. You can download OSM data with File > Download from OSM > search your place > OK, for download OSM data. Currently you have two layers consist of Mapillary layer and OSM data layer.

Mapillary dan OSM

Mapillary dan OSM

To bring up the picture as the image above, You can click Windows menu > Mapillary pictures. Then click one of the green icon Mapillary, so the picture will appear in Mapillary windows.

5. Currently you can start to input OSM data form the picture, with see and describe information from pictures and input on presets JOSM. For example the image above, we get information about type of road and public facilities in the park.

6. After you finish editing OSM data, you can upload the data by click File > Upload data.

Dewi Sulistioningrum
Dewi Sulistioningrum
I graduated from Geography Department at the University of Indonesia. I like mapping, travelling and watching movies. I am very eager to join as Trainer of Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Indonesia.

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